9 August 2016 VINROUGE: a very compact 2-5μm high-resolution spectrograph with germanium immersion grating
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The infrared high-resolution and highly-sensitive spectroscopy can provide new and deep insights in many fields of astronomy. The 2.0-5.5 μm region is a very unique and important wavelength region for astrochemistry and astrobiology, because the vibrational transitions of C-H, N-H, O-H, C-O, and C-N bonds in many molecules, which are of astrophysical interest, concentrate in this wavelength range. To advance the study in this wavelength range, we are developing a new near-infrared spectrograph: VINROUGE (= Very-compact INfrared high-ResOlUtion Ge-immersion Echelle spectrograph). The instrumental concepts of VINROUGE are “high-resolution”, “highly-sensitive”, and “very-compact instrumentation”. With (i) Germanium immersion grating, (ii) white pupil spectrograph design, (iii) reflective optics using the integrated off-axis mirrors and the optical bench by ceramic (cordierite CO-220), and (iv) highly-sensitive array (HAWAII-2RG 5.3μm cutoff array), we could obtain a solution of optical design with a spectral resolution of 80,000, total throughput of > 0.28, and a compact volume that is smaller than 600 mm×600 mm×600 mm even for 10-m class telescope. We have already completed the development of Germanium immersion grating. In this year, we plan to fabricate a set of integrated off-axis ceramic mirrors together with the ceramic optical bench to demonstrate that the reflective optics was an athermal performance. The first light of VINROUGE is expected in 2019.
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Takayuki Arasaki, Naoto Kobayashi, Yuji Ikeda, Shohei Kondo, Yuki Sarugaku, Sayumi Kaji, Hideyo Kawakita, "VINROUGE: a very compact 2-5μm high-resolution spectrograph with germanium immersion grating", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990875 (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233739; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233739


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